Renzi unveils constitutional reforms

The Italian Constituent Assembly (1946-1948).

The package agreed by Mr Berlusconi and Mr Renzi includes not only a new electoral law, but also constitutional reforms, which were unveiled today by Mr Renzi during a speech delivered to the Industry Association.

The Senate, the higher chamber of the Italian Parliament, will become a Chamber of Autonomous Bodies including 21 Regional Governors, 108 Mayors of the main cities and 21 citizens appointed by the President.

The new Chamber won’t be empowered to block the State budget or dismiss the Government, but will take part to the presidential election, which in Italy is indirect.

Mr Renzi admitted that no agreement as yet been reached on the suppression of Provinces. He also criticized the Metropolitan Cities, a new local Government which has existed only on paper for decades.


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